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Goin' Out of My Head



"Goin' Out of My Head" is a song written by Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, initially recorded by Little Anthony & the Imperials in 1964. Randazzo, a childhood friend of the group, wrote the song especially for them, having also supplied the group with their previous Top 20 Hit "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)". Their original version of the song was a Billboard Top 10 Pop smash, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 in the Canadian RPM-list in 1965. The song peaked at #8 on Cashbox magazine's R&B chart (Billboard was in a chart recess for R&B listings at that time). The Little Anthony & the Imperials original recording is the best-known version of the song, although it has since been covered by many other artists.

Credits: The Imperials

  • "Little Anthony" Gourdine – Lead Vocals
  • Sammy Strain – First Tenor
  • Ernest Wright – Second Tenor
  • Clarence "Wah-Hoo" Collins – Baritone/Bass, Group Founder
  • Orchestra directed by Don Costa
  • Gary Chester - drums

    Cover versions

  • The Blossoms (with Fanita James singing lead), Shindig! – 1964
  • Dodie West (Decca UK 7" F12046) - UK Official Singles Chart #39 14-20th January 1965
  • Wes Montgomery – 1965
  • Cilla Black – 1965
  • Petula Clark – 1965
  • Willie Bobo – 1965
  • Illinois Jacquet – 1965
  • Sergio Mendes (and Brazil '66) – 1966
  • Billy May – 1966
  • Ella Fitzgerald – 1966
  • Harry James - 1966
  • Lou Christie – 1966
  • Chris Montez – 1966
  • The Zombies – 1966
  • Lynne Randell – 1966
  • Les McCann – 1967
  • Count Basie – 1967
  • Vince Guaraldi – 1967
  • The Lettermen – 1967 (As a medley with, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, 1968)
  • Laurindo Almeida - 1967
  • Los Hermanos Castro – 1967
  • Ramsey Lewis – 1968
  • Ray Conniff – 1968
  • Earl Grant – 1968

  • Hank Mobley – 1968
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips – 1968
  • Classics IV – 1968
  • The New Swing Sextet – 1968
  • Tony Mottola – 1968
  • Vic Damone – 1968
  • Shirley Bassey – 1968
  • Hep Stars Medley with Can't take my eyes of you live - 1968
  • Florence Ballard - 1968
  • Frank Sinatra – 1969
  • Santo & Johnny - 1969
  • Richard Hayman – 1969
  • Dionne Warwick – 1970
  • Anni-Frid Lyngstad – 1971 (Version with Swedish lyrics called "Jag blir galen när jag tänker på dej")
  • Harvey Averne – 1971
  • Floyd Cramer – 1971
  • Nora Aunor - 1973
  • Gloria Gaynor – 1978
  • Vikki Carr – 1982
  • Lawrence Welk – 1989
  • Pérez Prado – 1990
  • Julio Martini – 1991

  • Doc Severinsen – 1992
  • George Shearing – 1993
  • Les Baxter – 1993
  • Jack McDuff – 1993
  • The Lennon Sisters – 1994
  • Percy Faith & His Orchestra – 1995
  • Gerry Mulligan – 1995
  • Tito Puente – 1996
  • Luther Vandross – 1996
  • Tichina Arnold - 1997
  • Long John Baldry – 1998
  • Queen Latifah – 1998
  • Michele Lee – 1999
  • Dr. John – 1999
  • Diahann Carroll – 1999
  • Nancy Wilson – 1999
  • Alexandra Billings – 2000
  • Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – 2002
  • Al Martino – 2005
  • Trijntje Oosterhuis – 2006
  • The Delfonics – 2007
  • The 5th Dimension – 2007